We interview Tanya Erzen about her book God in Captivity, focusing on
religion in Louisiana prisons and jails. It is by now well
known that the United States’ incarceration rate is the highest in the
world. What is not broadly understood is how cash-strapped and
overcrowded state and federal prisons are increasingly relying on
religious organizations to provide educational and mental health
services and to help maintain order. And these religious organizations
are overwhelmingly run by nondenominational Protestant Christians who
see prisoners as captive audiences.God in Captivity
grapples with the questions of how faith-based programs serve the
punitive regime of the prison, becoming a method of control behind bars
even as prisoners use them as a lifeline for self-transformation and
This week in Louisiana history. August 26, 1895. 'Uncle'
Earl Kemp Long born.
This week in New Orleans history. August 26th, 1992
(Andrew): Andrew, a major hurricane, slammed into South
Florida on August 24th before striking the Louisiana coastline
August 26th. Seven people died and 94 were injured across
Southern Louisiana during Andrew. Winds reached hurricane
force from Lafayette eastward to the Atchafalaya
This week in Louisiana.
"I'll Be Your Medicine" new sculpture and video works by Marta
Anna Rodriguez Maleck and Local Honey. (User Submitted)
Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 2
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST
Good Children Gallery
4037 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
New sculpture and video works by Marta Anna Rodriguez Maleck
and Local Honey.
Postcard from Louisiana. Bruce interviews Laura Janelle McKnight about her reporting on crime in New Orleans.